Thursday, March 14, 2013

Love Lock Bridge

Paris is an amazing place to visit. I know, I just stated the obvious. I think this second trip to the city helped me to see and appreciate the contrasts within it. My first trip twelve years ago was really overwhelmingly focused on the historical. This most recent trip I saw the contemporary side living with the backdrop of history.
On one hand you have Notre Dame, which by the way is celebrating 850 years. Without looking at my art history books I would have said it was older than that. There were banners and a temporary grandstand set up in the square outside the front of the cathedral for all of the special events planned this year.
The contemporary part shows up basically in the Notre Dame's backyard on a bridge called Pont de l'Archeveche. Known in pop culture as the Love Lock bridge.
Both sides are completely covered in the tokens of lovers from all over the world. This article on Bonjour Paris has a great explanation of the bridge.
When the sun hits the metal you can see the gleam from several blocks away, drawing you to this pretty cool Paris street art.


  1. I would love to see this in person, the cathedral is so beautifully built.

    1. It's really an amazing structure! The interior is just as awesome! I actually got to hear the organ this trip! Totally amazing!